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Hydrogen might be the future of energy for the United States, but it’s also the future of big business in Colorado.
Analysts at the University of California at Irvine foresee a fuel cell industry with annual revenue exceeding $10 billion by the end of the decade. And some of that industry is being created in Colorado – from Littleton to Montrose, from Boulder to Golden. Continue Reading Fuel cells have potential for fledgling businesses

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Americans for a Fair Tax say their proposal – essentially a national retail sales tax – would lower prices, increase productivity, reduce outsourcing and lower the tax burden on the middle class, as well as eliminate illegal immigration, the Internal Revenue Service and the 16th Amendment to the Constitution.
Dan Mastromarco, principal in the Argus Group, a law and government relations firm in Arlington, Va., has been working to get the Fair Tax approved by Congress through Americans for a Fair Tax. He was in Colorado Springs this week to discuss the finer points of the proposal. Continue Reading Fair Tax: Cure for all ills or just hot air?

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Colorado is among 34 states and territories that have joined a federal effort to analyze privacy and security concerns that are barriers to sharing electronic information among health care providers.
The Colorado Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (HISPC) project is part of a nationwide effort led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and involving the National Governors Association to accelerate the sharing health information electronically to improve health and health care quality. Continue Reading Colorado becomes part of federal privacy effort

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For seven years in a row, Colorado has been ranked as having the highest concentration of tech workers in the nation, according to the American Electronics Association.
Data for 2004 shows that of every 1,000 private-sector workers, 88.7 were employed in the high-tech industry.
Colorado’s high tech workers earn an average salary of $76,000, the AeA study found. The state’s high-tech payroll amounted to $12.2 billion in 2004. Continue Reading Colorado: highest tech worker concentrations

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Oil shale exploration: bonanza or bust?

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Shell Oil is attempting to wring oil from the rocks in the Green River Formation near Rangely. If successful, supporters say the oil shale could supply the nation’s energy for decades; detractors claim it’s expensive, inefficient and environmentally hazardous.
The United States’ dependence on foreign oil leaves it vunerable to the whims of OPEC, political unrest in Venezuela and Nigeria, and facing increasing competition from China for its oil needs. Continue Reading Oil shale exploration: bonanza or bust?

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UCCS, Atmel pursue nanotechnology

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Two Colorado Springs groups have embarked on an international journey to research and create nanotechnology for uses ranging from medicine to communications.
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Atmel Corp. and Queens University in Belfast are working on research projects involving silicon germanium and other technologies. Continue Reading UCCS, Atmel pursue nanotechnology

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Twenty grants, totaling nearly $4.5 million, have been awarded to health care organizations and health departments in Colorado to establish and expand programs for the prevention and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases.
El Paso County Department of Health and Environment received $495,600 to fund a one-year project to add disease management guidelines for five chronic diseases — including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, asthma, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — to the existing HealthTrack database system. Continue Reading Local health care groups share in grant allocation

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In light of a veto from Gov. Bill Owens, doctors at Colorado Medical Society say they have no choice but to continue fighting for more transparent contracts with health insurance plans.
“We were very disappointed,” said Dr. Rick May, president of the society. “We put in a lot of effort drafting this bill and getting broad bipartisan support in the House and Senate.” Continue Reading SB 198: Compromise talks scheduled this summer

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Colorado earns C+ for health (9251)

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Low insurance and vaccination rates and rising obesity led the Colorado Health Foundation to give the state a C+ in its first benchmark study of overall health.
The organization examined 20 indicators, said Deborah Thomas, vice president of programs for the foundation. Continue Reading Colorado earns C+ for health (9251)

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Memorial Health Systems has entered into a partnership with The Children’s Hospital in Denver to jointly manage Memorial Hospital for Children in Colorado Springs. The new facility will replace Memorial’s existing children’s hospital.
The two are the only National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions designated and nationally recognized children’s hospitals in Colorado. Continue Reading Memorial, Denver kids’ hospital forge alliance

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